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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2020 10:53 p.m. PST

"The stagnation of British tank building in the 1930s cost the country dearly in WWII. Nearly the entire war was spent playing catch-up. There were some minor successes such as the Matilda tank, but the most common type of tank was the cruiser. Having started the war with tanks that had similar characteristics to the Soviet BT-7 tank, British tankers continued to receive new vehicles that were half a step behind their German counterparts. The British only received a tank that had more or less caught up to the enemy towards the end of the war. This was the Comet, the last cruiser tank put into mass production.

The A24 program had a good chance at making up the distance between British and German medium tanks. Theoretically, this tank was a match for the German Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J, exceeding it in mobility and armament. The problem was that the A24 turned out very unrefined and suffered from growing pains. The result was the Cruiser Tank Mk.VIII, aka A27M, aka Cromwell. These tanks still missed the battle of North Africa and the landings in Italy. By the Normandy landings the Cromwell was obsolete. It was a match for the late PzIV variants with somewhat poorer protection and armament, but significantly higher mobility. The problem was that the German Panther tanks, surpassing the Cromwell in all parameters, reached the front lines a year prior…"


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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2020 1:29 a.m. PST

The cutaway above is a Comet, not a Cromwell. Look at that gun! The Comet better fits the bill as the last cruiser and it turns out that is the basis of the article…..the Cromwell only features in the opening paragraph.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian14 Mar 2020 4:56 a.m. PST

I thought the Centurion was a cruiser? I know it started from a specification for a "Heavy" cruiser tank, A41…

emckinney14 Mar 2020 7:06 p.m. PST

The real problem with the Cromwell was that the Commonwealth forces were already awash in Shermans!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2020 3:34 p.m. PST



Mark 116 Mar 2020 12:51 p.m. PST


It's pretty clear from the start that the article is about the Comet, not the Cromwell.

Note this sentence in the opening paragraph (quoted above):

"This was the Comet, the last cruiser tank put into mass production."

(aka: Mk 1)

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2020 1:11 p.m. PST

The centurion was the world's first Main battle tank.

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